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Political Correctness: Social Engineering Via Weaponising Language

There is in-depth meat here for those who have eyes to see & hearts to understand…

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So after all my work I found this archived version of the post that appears to have all images intact & is pretty easy to read:  https://web.archive.org/web/20160227191557/https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

Since I already did a lot of work reconstructing what I thought was the original post I now plan to copy & paste the missing images roughly where they would have appeared, all of these images from the above web.archive of the redgreenalliance.com post…

So I was in the process of adding categories & tags to old posts & discovered that the original work referenced had disappeared from my post…so I’m copying it “as is” from what appears to be the original site, found via a Bing.com web search:

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/political-correctness-social-engineering-via-weaponising-language/

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: SOCIAL ENGINEERING VIA WEAPONISING LANGUAGE

(RGA) Political Correctness – or “PC” as it has become known, is a relatively new phenomenon that has grown exponentially year-on-year, infecting each new generation of young minds worse than the previous generation.  It is a social virus [#1], designed by Marxists to spread like a cancer and help them rot a society’s culture from within.  Political Correctness = Cultural Marxism.  PC is what we in the West have, instead of religion, and its adherents share the same behaviours as the worst zealots – where belief trumps reason and dogma beats fact.  Its primary weapons are slander and censorship.
VC note: “RGA” at the original site hotlinks to this: https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL

Frankfurt school building

Frankfurt school building

In the 1920s, the vast majority of Marxist-influenced academics where in Europe and America.  They had expected that a war would cause the Workers to rise up, and rule in a Marxist Revolution, expecting this to spread after the Bolshevik uprising in Russia. When the ‘Communist uprising’ did not spread, two leading lights (Gramsci and Adorno) came to the same conclusion: A Revolution could not be guaranteed success (or to last, if it were successful) – if based only on Traditional Marxism; Western society was too ingrained with Christianity and the traditional values that it espoused, that the culture had to be changed first – before the Revolution could take root.  Therefore – Christianity and traditional values must be destroyed.  This is Cultural Marxism.

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stalin free speechTraditional Marxism was economic in nature and pitched the poor against the ‘rich’ by engendering rage and fostering division / resentment / victimhood status amongst the poor.  It stratified society vertically.  These two groups were easy to understand but overly simplistic and did not take into account centuries of Judaeo-Christian values, the Enlightenment and so on.

“The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, neither responsible nor accountable and forever entitled to sympathy.”
Dr Ofer Zur, “The Psychology of Victimhood”

VC Note: the images in the paragraph above are missing as are the links to them.  “The Psychology of Victimhood” in red above hot links in the original article to this: https://tiny.cc/92s58x

Cultural Marxism was slower and more insidious, stratifying society horizontally amongst a wide variance of ethnic, social, identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other categories.  The idea is to create new victimhood groups, then make them as vocal and radical as possible, emphasising division / resentment / victimhood.  Groups must be separate but ‘allied’.

These groups could then influence cultural and societal change – far in excess of their actual importance or numbers within society.  Both types of Marxism rely on a victim, to attack traditional society / values as ‘wrong’ and therefore in need of ‘change’.  Cultural Marxists hide their origins behind Orwellian Newspeak terms such as Progressive / Liberal / Social Democrat / Labour (hiding true intentions is a hallmark).

In the late ‘20s – academics who were heavily influenced by Freudian psychoanalysis and Marxism set up a school in Frankfurt.  To hide its Marxist origins, they named it the Institute for Social Research.  People are only ‘ready’ for that when they have been primed to accept it.

The aim of the Frankfurt School (as it was to become known) – was for members to work on different areas on how to collapse Western society.  Adorno, Lukacs, Horkheimer, Munzenberg, Fromm, Reich, Marcuse and others all went on to develop their own theories in different areas, but towards the same mutual objective of destroying Western civilisation from within.

CRITICAL THEORY

Orwell - controls the past

Orwell - controls the past

The key to understanding their success is that it was steeped in Freudian ideas and the new psychological knowledge – such as social conditioning, brainwashing, propaganda and so on.  Want erode the popularity of Christianity? Simply show TV programs and movies, where Christians are stereotyped as freaks, repressed, the bad guys, dangerous zealots, etc – and the heroes as the good guys, or the victims, but sceptical and enlightened Atheists.  Sponsor shows around church scandals, past horrors (Crusades, witch-hunts, child abuse, etc) – but not around the Church as a force of good, or a priest / Christian as the hero.  Over time – new generations will rebel against their parents and choose atheism.

They developed “Critical Theory” as a tool to undermine society via Academia, which in theory would seep into politics, pop culture and accepted thinking.  Therefore, infiltrating the Universities was (and still is) the key part of the “Long March” [#12] – for as Lenin said: “Give me just one generation of youth, and I will change the world.”

Critical Theory was essentially destructive criticism of the main elements of Western culture, including Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy, hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism.

The Marxist origins state that by creating division between victim groups, one creates tension and discord, and enough conflict can cause collapse and ultimately a state of chaos.  This “Divide and Conquer” strategy [#7] is best seen today in Obama’s race-baiting politics.  Once Chaos is reached, the plan is to present “Socialism” as “The Answer”.

This Machiavellian way of creating a problem, so people cry out for the solution you have planned in advance (Problem-Reaction-Solution) is known as the Hegelian Dialectic [#8].  It is no mistake the New World Order motto is “Ordo Ab Chao” (Order Out of Chaos) [#11].

VC Note: the image from the above section has disappeared.  This is what the link for “Long March” goes to: http://theatheistconservative.com/tag/the-long-march-through-the-institutions/   This is the link for “Divide and Conquer”  https://tiny.cc/zvc08x  This is the link for “Hegelian Dialectic” https://tiny.cc/cxc08x  & this is the link for “Order Out of Chaos” https://tiny.cc/4au58x

THE 11-STEP PLAN OF CULTURAL SUBVERSION

The Frankfurt School has 11 objectives to destroy society [#2].

  1. The creation of racism offences.
  2. Continual change to create confusion
  3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
  4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
  5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
  6. The promotion of excessive drinking
  7. Emptying of churches
  8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
  9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
  10. Control and dumbing down of media
  11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

VC Note: the image that (hopefully) appears below contains these 2 non numbered “aims”: “abolish differences in the education of boys and girls” & “declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors'”

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frankfurt school 11 point plan

The Nazis came to power the Frankfurt School members recognised they were not safe (since they were mainly Jewish and Marxist) – they all fled to US universities and continued their work.  Due to the massive Jewish network within US academia, they all found top positions with ease.

Some of these 11 Objectives have developed a LOT since the ‘30s – nothing stands still and there is much that is hidden. So think of these objectives in the context of the time they were created, and understand that these two, have developed massively as our world has changed.

For example – (Objective 3) “The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children”: we now have major pushes to teach kids about Transgenderism at primary school age, which has led to Parliamentary Reports recommending wholesale adoption [#3], mandatory education at Primary School age, forced gender changes against parental will, and much more.

Likewise – (Objective 5) “Huge immigration to destroy identity”: this has developed insidious sub-theories like the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan (forced homogeneity to eliminate national and cultural identity to create a more easily manipulated ‘New European’ identity – [#4]) and the Cloward-Piven Strategy (creating social and economic collapse by overloading the Welfare State with benefit claimants – [#5]).

Another example – (Objective 6) “The promotion of excessive drinking”: developed to include drugs.  The drug-taking explosion of the 60s “counterculture”, became an even more useful tool of societal and cultural degradation than promoting alcohol abuse – a fact borne out today by continual Leftist attempts to legalise drugs, and pop culture glamorizing drug taking and criminal subculture. Long-term family breakdown, gateway into criminality, normalisation of immoral or self-harming activities – all suit the aims of the Cultural Marxists.

The Cultural Marxist ‘Critical Theories’ took hold in the tumultuous 1960s, when the Vietnam War opened a Pandora’s Box of reevaluation and revolution. The student radicals of the era were strongly influenced by revolutionary ideas, among them those of Herbert Marcuse, a member of the Frankfurt School who preach the “Great Refusal,” a rejection of all basic Western concepts and an embrace of sexual liberation, and the merits of feminist and black revolutions. His primary thesis was that university students, ghetto blacks, the alienated, the asocial, and the Third World could take the place of the proletariat in the coming Communist revolution.

Marcuse may be the most important member of the Frankfurt School in terms of the origins of Political Correctness, because he was the critical link to the counterculture of the 1960s. His objective was clear: “One can rightfully speak of a cultural revolution, since the protest is directed toward the whole cultural establishment, including morality of existing society.”

VC Note: it appears that another image has disappeared from the above section.  Here are the hot links in order–“11 Objectives” https://tiny.cc/9ec08x  “Parliamentary Reports” https://tiny.cc/gjc08x “Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan” https://tiny.cc/8lc08x  “Cloward-Piven Strategy” https://tiny.cc/poc08x and lastly from this section “counterculture” https://www.sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/?s=counterculture  

KEY CULTURAL MARXISTS

Leftists have long since said the idea of Cultural Marxism is a Right Wing “Conspiracy Theory” – yet the proof is there in the research. Here are some quotes from key players in the Cultural Marxist movement:

“The western world has been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2000 years… any country grounded in Judaeo-Christian values cannot therefore be overthrown until those roots are cut… but to cut the roots, to change the culture – a Long March through the institutions is necessary. Only then will power fall into our laps like ripened fruit!”
Antonio Gramsci

“…to organize the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilization stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Willi Munzenberg

“I want a culture of pessimism … a world abandoned by God”
Georg Lukacs

“Stalin was an incompetent wuss… I will show you ow to overthrow the West!”
Herbert Marcuse

“The white races of Europe should be destroyed and replaced with a race of Eurasian-Negroids who can be easily controlled by the Elites.”
Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, whose Pan-Europa Movement and book “Praktischer Idealmus” (1924) inspired the modern EU [#4].

VC Note: here is the link from the above section–“Cultural Marxism” https://www.sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/?s=Cultural+Marxism   

A WARNING FROM AN EX-KGB OFFICER

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Lenin - socialism is communism.png

One of the most salutary warnings about what was going on behind the scenes with Cultural Marxism in the West, was given in an interview in 1984 by a KGB high-level defector Yuri Bezmenov [#6],  a much shorter 14-minute version pertinent to this article is also available [#9].  This is MUST WATCH material – it’s shocking to see in 1984, just how accurate Bezmenov warnings are in 2016.  This very eloquent ex-Communist had escaped the Soviet system only to discover that a far worse, more insidious evil was corrupting the West from within.

REFERENCES

In case the hyperlinks do not work in the text above, the full links are repeated here, along with a ‘search term’ to copy and paste into Google (in case the link breaks at a later date). The article referred to should be the top search result.

  1. THOUGHT PRISON: THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – http://tiny.cc/9bc08x
  2. FRANKFURT SCHOOL 11 POINT PLAN – http://tiny.cc/9ec08x
  3. BREITBART: UK PARLIAMENT TRANS REPORT – http://tiny.cc/gjc08x
  4. KALERGI PLAN EUROPE REFUGEES – http://tiny.cc/8lc08x
  5. CLOWARD PIVEN EUROPE – http://tiny.cc/poc08x
  6. YURI BEZMENOV SUBVERSION AND CULTURAL MARXISM – http://tiny.cc/muc08x
  7. THE DIVIDE AND CONQUER PAGES REVEAL MARXISM’S INSIDIOUS MASTER STRATEGEM – http://tiny.cc/zvc08x
  8. THE HEGELIAN DIALECTIC AND ITS USE IN CONTROLLING MODERN SOCIETY – http://tiny.cc/cxc08x
  9. KGB DEFECTOR YURI BEZMENOV’S WARNING TO AMERICA – http://tiny.cc/xrc08x
  10. ZUR INSTITUTE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VICTIMHOOD – http://tiny.cc/92s58x
  11. LOOKFROMABOVE: HEGELIAN DIALECTIC DEFINITION – http://tiny.cc/4au58x
  12. THE APOSTLE OF THE LONG MARCH – http://tiny.cc/4su58x

VC Note: From the section above, but not the references since you can clearly see the links there, these are the hot links in order–” Yuri Bezmenovhttps://tiny.cc/muc08x also availablehttps://tiny.cc/xrc08x 

VC Note: There were a number of “related articles” suggested at the site so I’ll include the links for them here in case you wish to pursue this topic further…

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/social-engineering-via-media-101-how-to-normalize-the-absurd/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/bending-the-knee-on-the-altar-of-political-correctness-episcopal-church-removes-husband-and-wife-from-marriage-liturgy/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/political-correctness-the-weaponization-of-health-care/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/humanity-under-attack-the-tactics-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/eugenics-euthanasia-and-the-darkest-most-evil-side-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/technocracy-at-google-how-personal-data-enables-total-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/manufacturing-the-deadhead-a-product-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/the-social-engineering-of-the-meaning-of-life/

Going back to the Bing.com search for the original material this article came up, containing the following interesting image:

https://archive.org/details/PoliticalCorrectnessSocialEngineeringViaWeaponisingLanguage/page/n3

This article also came up in the Bing.com search:  https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/bertrand-russells-scientific-outlook-the-cia-social-engineering/

This article appears to contain all of the text above in a perhaps easier to read format:  http://www.theeuroprobe.org/2017-034-more-on-cultural-marxism-and-the-frankfurt-school/

The search term of the title of this post appears on a forum from 2016 it also had this link included: https://defendingthetruth.com/threads/what-is-white-supremacy.58650/

https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

This seemingly relevant video was found when scanning other hits at Bing.com (I wonder if this is the 14 minute video mentioned above as Must Watch which now has a broken link?

https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

This link above was where the video poster copied much of his material…

There appears to be much more out there if someone wants to dig deeper into this…

So after all my work I found this archived version of the post that appears to have all images intact & is pretty easy to read:  https://web.archive.org/web/20160227191557/https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

These were how the above post at rga.com was classified

Finally a comment at RedGreenAlliance seemingly by the author, found at web.archive
  1. (TO BE ADAPTED FOR COPY-PASTING INTO WEBSITE COMMENT SECTIONS TO LINK BACK TO THIS ARTICLE:)

    All of Europe’s problems with this Hijrah Invasion (for that’s what it is) – can be boiled down to one key problem: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

    It is stifling peoples freedom of speech. It is brainwashing the youth to believe in Open Borders / Multiculturalism as some Utopian ideal – and any message that runs counter to that gets silenced by the PC thoughtcrime labels of BIGOT, LITTLE ENGLANDER, ISLAMOPHOBE, RACIST (take your pick). But when you investigate deeper – its all by design. ALL OF IT. And it stems from Cultural Marxism and insidious REAL theories like the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan and the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

    I wrote about this on my blog. Copy and paste – wp.me/p7edMx-3
    If that doesn’t work, Google – REDGREENALLIANCE: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

     

In conclusion it is possible that the Red Green Alliance site doesn’t work properly anymore but this specific article was archived more than 60 times in a few years…so if one wants to dig around at RGA you may have success at the Wayback Machine!

This may be the “must watch” video referenced above…it is described by youtube as

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov’s warning to America

Be Careful What You Ask For!

Someone at another site asked me how I was doing…here’s what I shared:

“I’m sorry you are carrying such a heavy load.

I’m relatively OK.  I’m seemingly “stuck” in some type of quasi-PTSD hopelessness loop over not being able to get any positive traction on my son Josiah’s Special Education case.  I’m still furious about how they broke the law with impunity & how the legal protections for the vulnerable are twisted into butt-coverage for the bureaucrats…it makes one feel so helpless/hopeless.  I did Major work for like a year & a half on Josiah’s Special Education case & when we finally talked with an attorney (after some funding from a family member made such a conversation possible) he basically said “there’s nothing you can do for your son…but I’d really like you to go ahead & be an advocate for other kids”.

I’m not fully ready to concede defeat but am still so burdened by the pain & frustration of it all that it is Very Hard to move forward mentally or emotionally.

My husband wants me to speak with a Counselor but I am skeptical that there is really anyone out there (besides God) who can grasp the magnitude of what we’ve faced historically with our son, it’s ramifications in our lives & for me personally, & I can’t even muster the energy to attempt to contemplate having such (allegedly) therapeutic conversations.

I’m not (obviously) actually very good at “letting things go” & really need the Serenity Prayer conceptually to help with this process.  I hate to “give up” but I also hate to see the “system” escape unscathed & have Zero Accountability.  It’s also still too bitter & unapproachable to try to advocate for other people’s kids (even if I could muster the energy or find the appropriate avenue to do so) when there is still so much that needs attention in my own son’s life.

These are like those “first world problems” that lefties mock people for.  Not the basics of food, clothing, or shelter but more the apex of that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramids proverbial “Self-Actualization” BS arena, I think.

Sometimes I think I’m just too scarred from all the battles to even begin to know how to live in “regular” society.  I’m in pseudo-hibernation/cocooning in hope that (eventually) winter will end (my fat stores will melt off!) & I’ll emerge a beautiful butterfly with sufficient energy to pump those superfluous abdominal fluids into those nascent but hopefully beautifully majestic wings & somehow manage to soar above before my brief sojourn planet-side is over!

OK, so it’s very late & I’m expressing my self in verbose flights of fancy…Thanks for asking how I am…I hope you don’t mind my ridiculous reply!

If I may quote you here “I am an emotional basketcase and the pain is brutal and that’s the upside of my grief right now.”  I really do relate…”

Our conversation can be found here:

Prayer Requests – 9

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from a Bing.com image search for “butterfly scripture”

Feelings

This a beautiful post that seems to encapsulate some aspects of the autism experience from within. I’m so thankful that some people will choose to open up & share their unique insights from their personal perspective. I hope to get my autistic son to read the original post some time & see if he actually relates to this description of emotional/sensory overload.

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from a Bing.com image search for “feelings scripture”

Here’s what I shared with the author:

valeriecurren
Beautifully & eloquently stated. This helps me understand my autistic son just a little bit better. Thank you for sharing this!

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from a Bing.com image search for “feelings scripture”

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from a Bing.com image search for “feelings scripture”

Please read the original post, I will revisit it too, which is why it’s posted to my blog, for it is precious & in her own words!  Blessings, Valerie

autismthoughts

I think I feel too much. That is what autism is most like for me. Autism is feeling everything acutely all the time. I literally feel everything. I feel every object in a room. I feel sounds and smells and tastes. I feel words. I feel emotions. I can’t say I feel differently than you because I don’t know exactly how you feel. I have never been you. But I can say that I feel everything physically. And it is exhausting…

I was telling a friend today that I think I love too much. Love for me is overwhelming. It makes my whole body tingle. Love is a burst of energy that penetrates every fiber of my being. It feels like it literally changes my DNA so that I am now connected to a person in a way that they are made a part of me. I love hugs because it…

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Josiah’s Story about the 4th of July & Val’s Arbutus Beach & Cottage Reminiscences

Source: Josiah’s Story about the 4th of July

Hey, my son Josiah shared some of his insights about the 4th of July & celebrating near our family’s Cottage in Gaylord, Michigan.  There are some lively discussions going on in the Comments Section of his original post, so I wanted to link that post here on my page to find it more easily going forward.

There are some beautiful descriptions of Michigan there from people who have visited over the years!  It’s so great to find even visitors to Michigan have been blessed here!

All of what you see below got generated by looking for appropriate images…which led to reminiscing about life & times Up North…Whew, that was fun but also unexpected!

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This is a picture of Otsego Lake, Gaylord, MI at sunset & that is the very dock used by the street where The Cottage is located & this dock is lovingly maintained by a kind year-round neighbor–image found via a Bing.com image search for “Otsego Lake, Michigan”!

 

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Map of Otsego Lake, Michigan from a Bing.com image search

For the 4th of July, Gaylord usually conducts their Fireworks Show from the Otsego County Park shooting the fireworks off over the Lake.  We get a front row seat to this majestic & patriotic display from “our” beach.  Usually the lake fills with boats so that people watch the show from all angles and situations.  After the County show oftentimes there are many neighbors up & down the beach that put on pretty impressive personal displays, even before such elaborate explosives were available in-state.  Some of the regular out of state visitors also packed quite a bang-up version of personal 4th displays!

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This is similar to our fireworks view, from a Bing.com image search for “Gaylord Michigan fireworks”

From this map of Otsego Lake, you can see that the Lake is roughly 5 miles long and about 1 mile wide at its widest, and many generations of the extended family have taken pride in swimming across the lake–including me!  The Cottage is located along the Northern most side of “The Pointe” that is prominent just North of Otsego Lake State Park.  If you would bisect that Pointe the Northern half would constitute Arbutus Beach, originally set up as a Public Beach (so the Lakefront property owners don’t technically own the Beach between their property & the water).  The Southern half of that Pointe, all the way to Old 27 Highway would be Pine Beach, where Uncle Hugh, Aunt Bernice, & their kids Tom & Karen had cottages.  Pine Beach was set up as Private Beach property so that the lake-front people own the Beach down to the water.  The other owners in Pine Beach only have water access at a couple of access points, somewhat like at the end of the roads.  We actually “slept under the stars” on our cousins’ beach a few times, but that was a more regular occurrence during my Dad’s & Aunt Pat’s Endless Summers of Fun!

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This view is looking South, with The Pointe protruding into the water…from earlier times, like my Dad’s childhood; from a Bing.com image search for “otsego lake, gaylord michigan “

Now Arbutus Beach, because of various lawsuits & disputes has become “The Arbutus Beach Association”.  This makes the Beach rather “semi-private”, whereby in order for people from outside the Association to technically have access to the beach, they need to be guests of Association Members.  We lived at The Cottage during the time the whole lawsuit thing was just getting underway.  In fact, I was operating as an Avon Lady, with a territory that encompassed the entire Arbutus & Pine Beach area.  The Lawsuit was a frequent topic of conversation as I made may way through my Avon Territory and I heard many sad stories from residents.  In some cases friends who had known/interfaced with each other for generations were no longer speaking because they were on opposite sides of the (pointless) disputes.  To my knowledge, some of those historically congenial relationships were permanently destroyed through this lawsuit & subsequent legal maneuvering & fallout.  The only “winners” in all of that were the lawyers…

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This is the sign as you enter Arbutus Beach off Old 27, from a Bing.com image search for “Arbutus Beach, Michigan”

Since my Dad & Aunt Pat, and their cousins Tom & Karen, spent their Summers at Otsego Lake, we get plenty of historical insights & nostalgia about the way things used to be up there.  They traveled around with a bunch of similarly aged kids some of whom lived Up North year round and some of whom, like all of them, were Summer Refugees from Detroit, including a gang of kids at the next most northern train stop, WaWaSoo.  They speak fondly of the days when there were fewer docks & boats on the lake, like two pictures above.  There also were many community events that happened around the lake, at least in the Summer time.  There are many ads in the Gaylord Herald Times Newspapers from like a hundred years ago that show the vibrant community life that seemed to revolve around Otsego Lake back in the day (see some links at the very end of this posting)…The below picture is an historical one of the Resort where historically many community events were held, I believe.  This is now a private residence with a huge dwelling erected on the former community-centric site.

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from a Bing.com image search for “Arbutus Beach, Michigan”

 

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My Great Grandparents’ Cottage & one of their rental cottages in the foreground; from a Bing.com image search for “Arbutus Beach, Michigan”

The above picture shows cottages that are on the street set back from the lake and near the top of the hill.  You can just see the lake in the distance in the middle left of this photo, beyond the car.  This appears to be one of the cottages my great grandparents Rowland Edward & Florabelle Mansell Thompson used to rent to others.  The white cottage in the center of the picture was the cottage my great grandparents moved to Arbutus Beach and was apparently the first cottage there.  The story goes that they bought the lumber company’s manager’s cottage/office? from the South West side of Otsego Lake.  It was pulled by horses over rolling logs across the frozen Lake one winter.

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from a Bing.com image search for “horses pull house across frozen lake”

Though I couldn’t find a picture showing horses pulling a house across a frozen lake, the size of the logs in the above picture and to some degree the time frame may be representative of the process of moving my Great-Grandparents’ First Arbutus Beach Cottage across Otsego Lake.  Also, my Dad’s namesake & grandfather, William Ellsworth Stoddard, found his calling working in lumber, first in Northern Michigan and later managing his boss’ lumber yard in Detroit…WES also had a Gaylord cottage as did several of his children, my Grandpa Elzine Munger Stoddard’s siblings.

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from a Bing.com image search for “horses pull building”

I guess if you add the above two pictures together, divide by two, and pull the building over ice it Might Approximate what allegedly happened with my Great-Grandparents’ First Cottage!  At some time I hope to peruse the historical newspapers from that location & era to see if there might be some mention of this momentous event.  It sounds like the kind of local color piece that would have been so interesting to read from that time period.  Alternatively I may try to see if the Gaylord/Otsego County Historical Society has some record of this event–and hopefully pictures to go with the account!  There’s another couple approximations of that event below…though my great-grandparents’ cottage was bigger (or did it only become bigger later???)…However this was accomplished, it was likely a pretty big deal and involved quite a few people & animals…I would have loved to have heard the tale from my Great Grand Father, as he was a notorious Tall Tale Teller!

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from a Bing.com image search for “horses move building”

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from a Bing.com image search for “horses move building winter”

 

After my Great-Grandparents, Rowland & Florabelle Thompson, died one of their Grandsons, Kenny Moore, who lived in Traverse City, owned their original cottage for many years.  He sold it to his mother’s brother, Thurman Thompson, who lived in California and would occasionally return to Michigan to visit his sisters Vivian Beatrice Thompson Stoddard (my grandmother) & Bernice Genevieve Thompson (Tom & Karen’s mother–she married Hugh Orr Thompson so basically retained her maiden name as a married woman).  After Uncle Thurman died one of his daughters, Mary Louise, inherited the cottage & she eventually moved to Michigan to live there year round.

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By the way  all the names mentioned in the above paragraph, excepting Kenny & Mary, are buried in Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord.  My parents recently bought lots in the vicinity of where my Dad’s first cousin Tom was so lately laid to rest.  Though I hope that it is still many, many years before we need to put that land to use, it is a comfort to know that Mom & Dad will be buried so near so many of the relations on my Dad’s side and so close to our beloved Cottage.  We visited Tom’s grave over Memorial Day and it was a beautiful weather day, though of course bitter sweet in our loss…It was also remarkable the high volume of Military Service represented in that Cemetery, for it appeared that close to half of those graves, going back at least to the Civil War, carried American Flags to honor their Service!

 

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This above picture is the cottage that lies between our family Cottage and Otsego Lake–you can see the white “sleeping porch” of Our Cottage behind their side entrance roofing.  When I was a child I used to play with the kids who visited there.  When Michael & I lived at The Cottage in ’93 & ’94 our Pastor’s wife’s sister & brother-in-law lived there with their family.  Later it was bought by a Gaylord native who worked & lived downstate.  It recently changed hands and is now a rental cottage for the new owners.

The swing & platform in the above photo was erected by our neighbors across the street to accommodate the matriarch of that clan when she comes to visit from Florida.  When I was a kid my Grandma & I would sit on the immense log that marked the line between grass & beach to watch sunsets & chat, under where the swing & platform now reside.  Virtually every evening my Dad will sit on that swing, with his sister if she’s Up North, or my Mom, myself, or any of the many grand-kids who might be about to see if there will be yet another spectacular sunset display (& I’ve seen many people up & down Arbutus Beach do this too).

The white cottage on the left is owned by a lovely lady who also spent her growing up Summers at The Lake, like my Dad & Aunt did.  She comes up from Ohio and spends a lot of time Up North throughout the year in her retirement.  To the right of the swing (not in the picture) is a small brown cottage that was owned for many years, possibly generations, by one of the families who generated that dreaded & divisive lawsuit.  They were from California and the man’s brother also had a place further North within the Arbutus Beach community.  The little lake-front gem recently changed hands & is now owned by a couple who live further up the street year round, & maintain that dock in the very top photo above.  They turned that little cozy cottage into a rental place & my parents actually rented it one Summer when so many of our clan were Up North for the 4th for extra sleeping & hangout space–it was quite lovely!

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It’s possible that the above picture is from the “Arbutus Beach Highlands”, a small residential community just East of Old 27, across from the Arbutus Beach & Pine Beach neighborhoods & entrance.  Several years ago, Josiah & I along with Brandon & Clarissa spent about 3 weeks at the Cottage in Gaylord.  We walked along the wooded trails of the Highlands, to pick some wild blackberries.  During one of our excursions we ran across some Elk foot/hoof prints.  We would regularly also see Deer prints, but not the animals. Another time, August 2013 to be specific, as Josiah was recuperating following his Liver Transplant in July, he & I had an extended Cottage visit.  On that trip I actually saw a small Red Fox along the Train Tracks where you turn into Arbutus Beach–the only time ever in 50+ years of personal excursions there!  There is so much Natural Beauty abounding in the area.  Sometimes it reminds me of my Grandma, who died in the 1970s, to see the various plants & animals, as we used to walk to the Pointe & some of the wooded pathways together & just talk….She used to be a Teacher, loved kids, and shared her love of God’s world directly with me!!!  These are such treasured memories…

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Above is an historical image of the Call of the Wild Museum.  This is a dated though fun family outing place, especially on bad weather days.  My husband often takes our kids there to buy yet another cool knife from their well stocked Gift Shop.  There are many trophy animals on display there including quite a few specimens taken by the legendary hunter, Fred Bear.  He was a dear friend & mentor to hunter, rocker, conservative commentator, and “Motor City Mad Man” Ted Nugent.  I believe Ted has connections to Northern Michigan, but I think more so to the Grayling area, about 1/2 hour South of Gaylord, where he obtained a lot of Fred Bear’s property following Fred’s passing.  I also believe that Fred Bear was a very gifted Archer and even has a particular bow named after him.  In our family my husband brought the Bow Hunting tradition to Michigan when we moved Up North as Newly-Weds.  He used to get various bow-hunting magazines then & I believe Michigan had more bow hunters than any other state!

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Gaylord is practically perfectly situated for Four Seasons Living, equidistant between the Equator & the North Pole.  It is known to have the highest snowfall in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  The last Winter we lived there, 1996-1997,  I believe it had roughly 220 inches of snow!  Even so, they did a great job of maintaining the road conditions so driving wasn’t too hazardous, relatively–except, of course, during white outs!  There is some picture in the family vault showing The Cottage with snow up to the eaves of the roof, similar to the image below!

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Well I’ll leave this meandering trip down Memory Lane with another stunning Otsego Lake Sunset!  In case you can’t tell, I Love The Cottage, Arbutus Beach, and Gaylord, Michigan & am so thankful that my husband Michael & I began our family there!!!  In fact we may have the only Gaylord born relation within the extended clan, in our firstborn, Nathaniel, who was born in Gaylord, and marked on The Wall at just one day old. We gifted him the nickname of Jackpine Savage because of that Northern Michigan birth!  The Wall would be the Door Jambs at The Cottage between the Dining Room & Living Room.  The Inner-Facing Jamb on the Lake side has my Dad’s Generation & spouses.  The Inner-Facing Jamb on the Garage side has My Generation & spouses.  The Dining Room Facing Jamb on the Lake side has My Kid’s Generation.  Finally, the Dining Room Facing Jamb on the Garage side has my first cousin’s grand-kids–as in my generation’s grand-kids & my dad’s great grand-kids, whenever our side adds to that generation.  No one has been marked on that wall immediately after birth except for Nathaniel…& speaking of marking, the Fourth of July is the traditional time to check everyone’s height (including against existing & ancestral markings)…& this year we get to add in our latest family member, Nathaniel’s New Bride, Tara!

All our years are written with love in the very fibers of The Cottage!

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PS If you’d like to see a Newspaper article from back when Michael & I and the Boys lived in Gaylord check it out here, on pages 1, 4, & 5:

http://207.74.70.101:8080/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-6631/1996-11-07%20Thu%20Building%20Familes.pdf

Page 2 of the below newspaper tells of some of the history of Arbutus Beach and speaks so highly of Otsego Lake as a natural beauty filled resort vacation destination–in 1923!

http://207.74.70.101:8080/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-8848/1923-07-26%20Thu.pdf

The below link goes to the searchable Newspaper Archive for the Otsego County Library!

http://207.74.70.101:8080/docushare/dsweb/HomePage

 

 

Advice for the Young and Penniless Who Want to Travel. — The Shooting Star

This is all the advice I wish someone had given me when I was sixteen.

via Advice for the Young and Penniless Who Want to Travel. — The Shooting Star

Although the age part is not applicable to me, but rather to my children…the budget part sure does apply.  When I was in High School I was a member of American Field Service (AFS), an international student exchange program and was selected to go on a Summer AFS exchange.  Unfortunately for me there was literally No Place in the Entire World that wanted me…wow.  I did get very close to the International Exchange students at my high school during my senior year, especially Monina & Edgardo from the Philippines, Astrid from Germany, and Veronique from Belgium.  Veronique & I even had fun on an outing in downtown Detroit & Greektown where I got the chance to practice my fairly rudimentary French skills in conversation with her.

I plan to return to the above blog post to check on some of the authoress’s online recommendations…and to share her insights with my more adventurous kids…and perhaps some of their friends.  My husband has done his share of armchair travelling using Google Street View and Google Earth…something I have yet to try but hope to at least apply to genealogical endeavors, as in getting a digital glimpse of an historically significant place…at least from a family history perspective eventually…Blessings, Valerie

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Rooted

Toodling around today at Word Press various other bloggers’ postings have loosely inspired these thoughts on being rooted…At our Memorial Day Weekend trek to/from the family Cottage in Gaylord, Michigan my husband & I collected a number of plants from the property to transplant to our own yard in Metro Detroit.  We actually left a few plants in Gaylord accidentally & they were kindly transported South by my parents later!

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Previously we had transplanted a couple of Lilac “bushes” and they are doing really well in our yard.  Those lilacs were individual woody stalks, possibly decades old, that had held on in the harsh climate and poor sandy soil conditions of Northern Michigan and now flourish as expansive bushes in our backyard.  In fact, our newly married son wants to take a transplant from our transplant(s) so that he & his wife can have some familial lilacs in their yard too.  These transplanted lilacs are very special to me because they come from my grandparents’ property and remind me of them, and their love, whenever I look at the bushes or smell that amazing lilac smell.  Also while growing up there were a few lilac bushes outside my bedroom windows and that heady fragrance always takes me back to those carefree days just a bit…

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For years I’ve wanted to get further lilac transplants from my great-grandparents’ property that’s just a few blocks away from The Cottage.  The Cottage flowers are a light purple, aka Lilac!, color, but some of the lilacs from my great-grandma’s garden are white & some of a darker purple, or so I thought.  If we don’t do the lilac gathering during the Memorial Day trip we have to wait another year to confirm the location and/or color of any potential transplants, and this concept minus action has occurred many times.

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from a Bing.com image search for “cottage turret”…this is about the right size as the historical family cottage…

This year we encountered the latest owners of one of my great-grandparents’ cottages, the one with a turret that is near the railroad tracks.  We had a lovely chat with them, were able to view the recently renovated & gorgeous interior of that cottage, and get permission to get some of my great-grandma’s lilacs!  We ended up digging up a couple smallish single stalks from the white bush and they are definitely taking root in our flower beds!

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From a Bing.com image search for lilacs

We also got to see some photos of their cottage as it previously existed as a Texaco gas station.  According to the new owners this little gem of a building, one storey with an interesting octagonal turret, started its life in Detroit.  They showed us a photo of the alleged first cottage owner but he did Not appear to be my great-grandfather (Rowland Edward Thompson).  We shared what tales we could recall about the gas station cottage with my Dad & Aunt (they both spent Every Summer of their respective childhoods at the Gaylord Cottage) to see if the tales lined up with our family lore.  According to my Aunt Pat, Patricia Kay Stoddard Armstrong Ziemba, she was actually there when my great-grandmother, Florabelle Mansell Thompson, negotiated a purchase price and bought the gas station cottage.  Pat swears the gas station was in Gaylord, and she remembers where it had been located and observed it being moved to its present location.  Mysteries here…

 

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From a Bing.com image search for lilacs

Well there weren’t appropriate Dark Purple lilacs at the great-grandparents’ cottage site so we searched further afield.  There had been an amazing bush in a neighborhood flowerbed near where our Gaylord home was located, but we couldn’t find it on this trip.  We did, however, discover an even larger Deep Rich Purple lilac bush near an intersection in town, so we can easily recall its location.  Now we just need to track down the property owner to get permission to dig up a couple of new starts…Can’t wait!

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We also took several starts of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, forget-me-nots, and some purple “weeds” that can happily grow in our grass to help fill in a bare patch in our backyard under a spreading maple tree.  There are also some long leaved plants interspersed with some lily-of-the-valley plants to fill in some of the barrenness between our trees between the sidewalk & the street.  Myrtle & Lily-of-the-Valley grow along the house & driveway in my parents’ yard (the home I grew up in) and we had already transplanted some Myrtle to our front flower bed a few years back and it has filled in things beautifully.  These two species seem to spread easily so will need some attention to keep them in check, but honestly I love both of these flowers so much, and they remind me of my childhood home & the Cottage so much that the maintenance is worth it!

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Each of these plants are a tangible representation of the gift of life…a heritage passed down from my great-grandparents to my grandmother and indirectly from both their yards to us.  They also are directly and indirectly from my parents & grandparents and are likely to continue on to my son & his wife.  We’ve received the gifts of physical & mortal life from our forbears and they’ve also blessed us with the heritage of faith–the seeds of eternal life in Christ Jesus.  We’ve passed those gifts on to our children & look forward to them continuing to be passed on to the generations to come…just like so many of the flowering beauties that unify & connect our hearts & all of our earthly properties.

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Reason vs Emotion

There is an amazing article at AmericanThinker.com that is well worth the read!

“Picture two cliffs separated by a great chasm. The cliffs are made of sedimentary rock, layer upon layer, each a slightly different shade. On one side the stone deposits have built up on bedrock, solid and immovable – absolute truth. On the opposite bank the levels are less regular and horizontal. The foundation on which they rest their considerable weight is cracked and volcanic, full of air bubbles, nearly weightless – relative truth.”

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/cliff_hanging_and_earthquakes_.html#ixzz4k7tw309e
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http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/cliff_hanging_and_earthquakes_.html

The author uses the cliff analogy to clearly articulate differences between foundational morality based on biblical truth and scientific analysis and the concept of being blown about by the winds of the moment, a form of relative “truth” that is really no truth at all.

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I’ve spoken in recent days to both my husband and my special son about how God has blessed us with rational minds and has stated in several places in scripture the importance of using our minds, “taking our thoughts into captivity, into the obedience and knowledge of Christ”.  Also, to my knowledge, there is no place within scripture where we are told to Follow our emotions.  What a blessing, since emotions are so fleeting and malleable they represent a dangerous place from which to base one’s views of oneself, the world around us, issues of the day, or even to define our human (as well as spiritual) relationships.

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Scripture is replete with examples of the heart crying out in pain, frustration, and confusion to God about myriad issues and injustices.  Examine Psalms, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and even Proverbs to see many passages where human emotions are on full display.  However none of these passages admonish us to use those emotions to define our biblical worldview.

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Two scriptures related to the nature of emotions and their “proper” use come easily to my mind, both copied below from BibleGateway.com:

Ephesians 4:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint)
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Ephesians 4:14-16 New International Version (NIV)

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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The first passage acknowledges that we will experience anger and that it is vital to not sin in/with that anger.  It also says to resolve that anger quickly, that very day.  Obviously this is much easier to say than to do…and all my “baggage” related to the Special Ed Case reveals that many suns have gone down and my “wrath” is still lurking about…

The second passage is emphasizing “Speaking the Truth in Love” (but the context is included because it really illuminates what the AT article articulates).  This Speaking the Truth is such an amazing shorthand for how we are to live the life of faith…we are to speak Truth and we are to speak In Love.  Those seem to be contradictory actions, but through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit the Lord can enable us to find that balance point of both Truth and Love in our interactions with others…

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As far as being rational vs being emotional, here’s another couple of Bible verses that reveal the importance of this perspective, also from BibleGateway.com:

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 New International Version (NIV)

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Luke 10:27 New International Version (NIV)

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5
  2. Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18
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I guess that’s enough for now…but please consider checking out the AmericanThinker.com website for yourself to be inspired and encouraged…

Blessings,

Valerie

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PS If you are not familiar with scripture I encourage you to look up pertinent words on your image search engine of choice.  I personally love seeing the beauty & truth of scripture displayed artistically and it can be such a blessing.  There are many such images that are also posted at Pinterest.com.  BibleGateway.com is a free seachable Bible repository with virtually all English translations of scripture and many other languages available as well.  A small amount of effort in these easily accessible online arenas can help you reap big rewards and hopefully encourage your heart as well.  Blessings, V